Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii

Sakada Day 2023 Commemoration

Saturday, December 16 , 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola Street, Waipahu
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In commemoration of Sakada Day FAHSOH presents a screening of Maribel Apuya's film, "The Sakada Series," a documentary presentation of three individuals with direct ties to the last group of contract workers to be brought to Hawaii in 1946. A short discussion will follow.

The event will be held on Saturday, December 16,  2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu and is free and open to the public. Presentation is in-person with online access via ZOOM link above.


Remembering Our Filipino WWI and WWII Veterans: Loyalty, Honor, Duty, Broken Promises

Saturday, November 18, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Waipahu Public Library, 94-275 Mokuola Street, Waipahu
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In commemoration of Veterans Day (formerly, Armistice Day) FAHSOH presents a discussion based on our WWI (Sakadas and Soldiers) and WWII (Loyalty and Valor) exhibits. We will remember the Filipinos who answered the calls to defend U.S. interests in Hawaii and the Philippines but were denied the benefits promised to them.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Waipahu Public Library (site of the Hawaii Filipino WWII Monument) and is free and open to the public. Online access via ZOOM link above.


Filipino American History Month

The Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawai‘i (FAHSOH) normally coordinates several activities promoting Filipino American history throughout the year, as well as commemorating Hawaii's official recognition of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in October. Recognized on the U.S. continent for several years, FAHM became officially recognized in Hawai‘i in 2008 with the passing of legislation introduced by State Representative Joey Manahan (Kalihi).

FilAm HistorFest 2023: Hawaii Masters of Eskrima III   

Following up on our 2013 Hawaii Masters of Eskrima I event and 2018 Hawaii Masters of Esrkima DVD, we present (with the Filipino Community Center) Hawaii Masters of Eskrima III for FilAm HistoryFest 2023. Four schools of eskrima/kali founded on unique styles and traditions will present their histories, perform demonstrations and conduct workshops. The schools included are General Ablen School of Derobio Escrima, Hawaii Filipino Martial Arts School, Tobosa School of Kali-Escrima and the Hawaii Defense Academy.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to participate in the workshops.

Loyalty and Valor: Hawaii's Filipino and Filipino American Soldiers (2018)

Our WWII exhibit covers the participation of Filipinos in the Philippine Campaign, especially as part of the First and Second Filipino Regiments, and the crucial role Filipinos and Filipino Americans played in liberating the Philippines from Imperial Japan's occupation. Assembled a part of the 2018 Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Filipino WWII veterans, "Loyalty and Valor" is not only a testament to the heroics and sacrifices of Filipinos and Filipino Americans but also, once again, to promises made and not kept by the United States. Funded, in part, by the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project. The exhibit is currently being shown at Waipahu Public Library as part of the Filipino American WWII Memorial installed at the library.

Sakadas and Soldiers: Hawaii's Filipino Americans in WWI (2017)

Our WWI exhibit describes the historically-neglected experiences of Filipino plantation workers who volunteered to defend Hawaii during WWI. Over 4000 Filipinos were recruited to serve in the Hawaiian National Guard in the lead up to and during the war. Their experiences, contribution and legacy have been overlooked by historians, for their story illustrates the first time promises were made and not kept by the United States and Hawaii Territorial governments.

Hawaii Masters of Eskrima (2016)

Building upon the enthusiastic response from 2013's FilAm HistoryFest 2013: Filipino Martial Arts in Hawaii, FAHSOH received a funding from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities to produce a video documentary on Hawaii masters of Filipino martial arts. Included in this project are oral histories of eskrima masters and displays of the martial arts styles associated and perpetuated by the schools.

A Hawaii Masters of Eskrima DVD is being distributed to libraries and is available to the general public. For more information, send email to:

eFIL: Filipino American Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii

FAHSOH continues to plan new exhibits and projects during this time, so please come back to this webpage or to our digital archives website for further updates. We wish everyone good health and encourage practicing recommended safety guidelines for yourself, your family and your community. We will get through this pandemic but only by acting as a community.

Exhibit previously on display at Hamilton Library Asian Collection (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and the Hawaii State Library (Honolulu).

Other FAHSOH Activities

Coverage of FAHSOH activities in other years:

[FAHSOH 2019] [FAHSOH 2018] [FAHSOH 2017] [FAHSOH 2016] [FAHSOH 2015] [FAHSOH 2014] [FAHSOH 2013] [FAHSOH 2012] [FAHSOH 2011] [FAHSOH 2010] [FAHSOH 2009] [FAHSOH 2008]

eFIL: Filipino American Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii

Updates of FAHSOH's digital archive project and preservation resources are available on the eFIL website. [link]